Riders beware: Urban cycling is not for the faint of heart.
Riders beware: Urban cycling is not for the faint of heart. Pierre LaScott/Flickr
Too busy to exercise? Too poor for a gym membership? Don't let excuses sideline your pursuit of fitness. Dust off the old bicycle, pump up the tires, oil the chain and pedal to the metal. You'll feel the burn no matter what you're riding, from a trendy fixed gear to a sleek carbon roadster to a knobby-tired Kmart mountain bike.
Riders beware, though: Urban cycling is not for the faint of heart. You respectfully share the road, of course, but you will be confronted by reckless drivers and the occasional angry pedestrian. But you're a warrior, so ride like one. Don't forget to bring your battle gear: a helmet, some LED lights and, of course, a dose of healthy aggression.
These six songs were chosen to inspire you as you embark on your daily two-wheeled journey. So strap a boombox to those handlebars, crank it up (not too loud, because the sounds of the streets are vital in the battle of bike vs. car) and pedal to the beat.